House adopts measure to expand fire protection on rural land

 

The House of Representatives today passed a bill that would help protect more property during forest fires.

House Bill 2213, sponsored by Rep. Bruce Chandler, R-Granger, would update the definition of “improved property” to include agricultural structures and small bridges.

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) currently has a duty to fight forest fires on unprotected lands, those not within the jurisdiction of a fire district. The bill passed today would have the DNR fight fires on agricultural structures and small bridges in unprotected land as well.

“The Legislature has worked for the last two years to help provide a coordinated response for those lands that are not covered in fire districts,” Chandler said. “Today's legislation seeks to expand protection to small bridges and agriculture structures to help contain the fire when it's still small, saving tax dollars and reducing risk to firefighters.”

In previous years, laws have been passed to increase communication during wildfires and to provide choices to property owners outside fire protection districts to receive fire suppression services.

Today's measure now goes to the Senate for consideration.

Contact: Sarah Stewart, Public Information Officer, (360) 786-7720

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